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Coco Chanel Introduces Chanel No. 5

One of the best-known perfumes in the world, Chanel No. 5 is the first fragrance from Parisian couturier Gabrielle "Coco" Chanel. The name of the perfume allegedly derives from the fact that multiple perfume samples, labeled No. 1 through No. 6, were mixed for Coco's approval, and it was bottle No. 5 that met with her liking. The perfume's original formulation involved the use of jasmine, one of the world's priciest perfume oils, and a glandular secretion harvested from what cat-like mammal?



Michael Malloy: The Man Who Would Not Die

In New York City in 1933, five men took out three life-insurance policies on an alcoholic vagrant named Michael Malloy in the hopes of hastening his death and receiving the payout. One of the men owned a speakeasy and gave Malloy unlimited credit, but the vagrant drank all day without effect. He even survived when they replaced his liquor with various poisons, fed him carpet tacks and metal shavings, attempted to freeze him to death, and hit him with a car. What finally killed Michael Malloy?

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Soren Kierkegaard

Kierkegaard was a Danish philosopher and theologian who is often recognized as the first existentialist philosopher. Much of his work deals with religious problems, such as the nature of faith, the institution of the Christian church, and the emotions of individuals when faced with life choices. Kierkegaard stressed the importance of the self and argued that "subjectivity is truth" and "truth is subjectivity." Why did Kierkegaard publish many of his earlier works under pseudonyms?

Last updated on Tuesday, 5th May 2009

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